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Specialist Behaviour Support Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Band 6 Specialist Behaviour Support Practitioner to work as part of the developing Child & Young People's Enhanced Support Service (CYPRESS), covering West Sussex. The post is initially offered on a fixed term contract through to the end of December 2022 to cover maternity leave.

We are a multi-disciplinary team (including clinical psychology, speech & language therapy, occupational therapy and positive behaviour support) that provides support to families who have a child with a learning disability, who is presenting with behaviours that challenge.

Our service fits with the trusts wider goal of developing services to meet the Transforming Care Agenda, as part of the Learning Disability and Autism programme. As a service we encourage innovative and creative practice and there will be many opportunities to get involved with service developments.

The post holder will be part of a dynamic and supportive multi-disciplinary team and will join a service with good opportunities for peer support and CPD. We adopt a multi-agency approach to supporting clients and have close links with our CAMHS colleagues, social care, education, residential services and the third sector.

Main duties of the job

As a specialist behaviour support practitioner your role will be varied, but there will be a focus on multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working. Clinical work is focussed on providing PBS informed assessments and developing behaviour support plans to the networks supporting young people with complex challenging behaviour.

You will hold a small caseload offering assessment to understand the function of challenging behaviours and developing strategies that can be implemented to support the young person and their network. You will liaise closely with families and other professionals involved in the young person's support and care. You will be supported by the wider MDT, who can offer advise and consultation, as well as providing specialist assessments to help ensure a holistic approach can be adopted.

The role will offer opportunities to support service developments and link in with other PBS practitioners working across Sussex CAMHS and the local authority. We are also planning to develop opportunities to provide training sessions and workshops to families/carers and professionals.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

About us

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key survey results:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work in their team
  • 77% identifying opportunities to show initiative in their roles

CYPRESS: We are a relatively new service commissioned as part of the Learning Disability and Autism Programme. We have close relationships with our commissioners and aim to work alongside our social care, residential and education colleagues to ensure holistic support is offered in a joined up way.

Job description Job responsibilities

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Dr Simon Rowe Principal Clinical Psychologist & CYPRESS Clinical Lead:

We are happy to arrange informal visits currently Covid dependant.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Evidence of CPD in relevant areas
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Significant period of previous experience of working with people with a learning disability
  • Professional knowledge has been acquired through degree/diploma and supplemented by specialist experience.
  • Significant period of previous experience of working with children and young people who present challenging behaviour
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Excellent verbal and written skills

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